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August 29, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN YOU are the director of racing at a track not in Kentucky, New York or California and your job is to make your signature stakes races as strong as possible, your task is always going to difficult. Every once in a great while, the stars align and you get everything you could have ever imagined. "To get the Kentucky Derby winner and Kentucky Oaks winner at our track on the same day is about as good it could get," said Sal Sinatra, the director of racing at Parx. On Sept. 20, Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is coming to run at Parx in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, just after Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable runs in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes.
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July 25, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
A DECADE ago, Ron Winchell thought he might have his family's first Kentucky Derby winner. Trainer Michael Dickinson knew Tapit had rare talent, but, unfortunately, a lingering lung infection trumped the talent in the spring of 2004. "We never really knew how much talent Tapit had other than he was off the scale," Dickinson said. "He was hugely impressive winning The Laurel Futurity at 2. He encountered serious lung disease in Florida [in early 2004]. " Tapit finished sixth in the 2004 Florida Derby, but then won the Wood Memorial as a final Derby prep.
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July 25, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
KENTUCKY DERBY and Preakness winner California Chrome has been back in training for a week after a long break at the farm where he was born in the San Joaquin Valley. Trainer Art Sherman is looking for one race to get his horse ready for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. And that race, he said yesterday, could be the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Sept. 20. "It kind of goes with my plan," Sherman said. "It's on the agenda. It's not out of the question, let's put it that way. " No Derby winner has ever run at Parx after winning the Derby.
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June 9, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - The day demanded history. They ran the Belmont Stakes on a blue-sky Saturday with Manhattan shimmering like Oz on the clear horizon. The crowd was enormous, and so was its desire to witness the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. But the history that horse racing so badly needed died just as it always seems to, in the long Belmont stretch with a fresh horse crossing the finish line first. California Chrome, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, finished tied for fourth, a length behind winner Tonalist, as yet another effort to coronate a 12th Triple Crown winner crashed on a New York evening.
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June 8, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - Horse racing might have lost its enchantment but the lure of an irresistible horse galloping toward history can still be one of sports' most compelling fairy tales. Friday, a day before California Chrome attempts to complete his remarkable Cinderella journey from $10,500 foal to the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, Belmont Park prepared for another magical Saturday and another enormous crowd. Workers buzzed around a new trackside tent and an extra seating area, both recently installed to accommodate a gathering that could exceed the record 120,139 who flocked here in 2004.
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June 5, 2014
A WISE MAN told me years ago that it was not necessarily going to take a great horse to win the Triple Crown for the first time since 1978. He told me it would be won in a year when there was a solid, consistent colt running against a group that was neither solid nor consistent. This may be that year. As a charter member of the California Chrome fan club, I will say nothing to denigrate the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. I love this horse. Still, only time will tell us where the colt belongs in relation to the legendary horses.
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June 4, 2014 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
IT'S THE EARS. It's gotta be the ears. You're looking for answers to the riddle of California Chrome, how this humbly bred colt, with its geezer trainer and its loud co-owner and its 42-year-old jockey, wearing the ugliest silks in recent memory, has a chance to make horse racing history, go ahead, start with the ears. Chrome will be odds-on on June 7, in the Belmont. His breeding screams that he can't go a mile-and-a-half against rested rivals. The colt has half-a-ton of skills.
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May 20, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - It was 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Pimlico was being overrun by a record crowd of 123,469, the Preakness just 80 minutes away. Standing calmly just outside stall 40 that housed California Chrome, his Kentucky Derby winner, trainer Art Sherman was posing for photographs, signing programs and telling stories. There was the time he got off a flight from Miami to ride at Bowie and, in those first 10 seconds could not breathe, it was so cold. He wore a woman's leotard to stay warm when he rode.
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May 19, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
BALTIMORE - The story got better for California Chrome on Saturday, and it was pretty good already. The chestnut colt that hasn't lost a race as a 3-year-old followed up his Kentucky Derby victory two weeks ago with an authoritative Preakness Stakes win to set up a potential Triple Crown scenario for the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Twelve other horses have been in this position since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, and all of them either...
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May 19, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Each spring at Triple Crown time, when thoroughbred racing briefly flowers on the American sports landscape like an exquisite azalea, I think of Joe Bummer. His actual name escapes me these four-plus decades later, but I'm certain it couldn't have described him any better than the nickname my friends and I gave him. (The actual name we called him was a Yiddish word for perennial dissatisfaction, but after 40-some years I can neither pronounce nor recall it.) Joe was a railbird at Garden State Park and Brandywine Raceway.
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